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Keeping Your Heating Bills Low As the Temperature Drops

heating 2.0SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –It’s been a while since we’ve felt this bitter cold, and you may have forgotten how expensive it can be to heat your home once you turn up that thermostat.

Your utility bills might be a sign that it’s time to upgrade your system. “Do they seem to be climbing up there? Maybe the system is not as efficient as it used to be. Furnaces that blow warm air around, those systems typically last between about 15-18 years. If it’s older than that it may make sense to look at before it gives you a big problem,” said Gary Woodruff.

Woodruff knows what he’s talking about, his family has been in the business since 1960.

He the Residential Manager at Hurley & David Heating and Air Conditioning, and says having a chimney might be another upgrade indicator. “Most of the chimneys in Springfield and the surrounding areas are 100 years old. They were designed 100 years ago for the type of equipment they had 100 years ago using a chimney sweep, having them come out, inspect, make sure it’s in good condition,” he suggested.

Woodruff says there are many steps you can take to make sure heating your home is cost efficient, like changing the filters. “There are all types of filters installed in people’s homes; some of them are good for about a month, some of them for 2-3 months, some of them for a year. If they’re not full of dirt, it’ll help keep the air moving through the system. in addition they should have the system inspected by a heating and ac professional.”

Adding insulation and weatherizing windows can also help cut down your heating bill.

Woodruff says homeowners who use natural gas can expect to pay anywhere from $100-$150 a month to heat their home, while those who use oil might spend $300-400.

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